Thimphu police detained 10 of the 31 people arrested for alleged abuse and possession of drugs between September 7 and 21.

According to the officer-in-command, Major Wangdi, they sent 21 people to the Bhutan Narcotic Control Authority (BNCA) for assessment and counselling

The 31 people are between 15 to 33 years and include four women. Of the 10 detained, a woman was involved in the possession of tobacco products while the rest were arrested in possession of illicit drugs.

An another case, city police officials arrested three minors and two 18-year-olds, including a girl, for alleged robbery on September 20.

Major Wangdi said the incident took place on the night of September 14 where the suspects robbed a 46-year old expatriate from the Bangladesh Embassy.

According to the victim’s statement to police, he was returning home from the trade fair when he met the suspects, who helped him chase away stray dogs that had attacked him.

Major Wangdi said that after helping the victim, the suspects and the victim walked together. “Before reaching the swimming pool area, one of the suspects kicked the victim and demanded money.”

He said the suspects then attacked him and took his money, which he claimed to be about Nu 1,500. “But the suspects claim that they took only Nu 750 and divided the money to have momo.”

Although the victim did not inform police on the night of the incident, the victim on September 20 informed police after he noticed one of the suspects. All suspects were arrested the same day.

Police said the girl was granted bail but she would be charged for failing to report the crime.

In another case, police also arrested a 25-year old man for stabbing his 29-year old friend with a dagger after a brawl broke out between the two in the early morning of September 14.

Yangchen C Rinzin